The Award for Brick Architecture will enter its sixth round in 2023 – for the first time under the name of the visionary architect Erich Mendelsohn.
Brick offers almost endless possibilities as a building material. The focus of this competition is therefore on special achievements in building with this special building material. We are looking for sustainable buildings whose design combines economic, ecological and aesthetic aspects. Take part and show the potential of this building material. From January 9th 2023 to April 30th 2023, projects whose brick facade achieves a special architectural effect can be submitted via our online submission portal. Register here and enter!
We have summarized all information about the competition for you on this page.
We look forward to receiving your submissions!
All information about the Erich Mendelsohn Award 2023 for Brick Architecture
1. General Information
Who exactly is holding the Erich Mendelsohn Award 2023 for Brick Architecture?
The architectural award is organized by the Initiative Bauen mit Backstein, a consortium of 12 leading brick manufacturers in Germany. Two supporting members complement the portfolio of the initiative with their products. The competition has been supported by the Association of German Architects (Bund Deutscher Architektinnen und Architekten BDA) as partners since 2011.
When and how often does the competition take place?
The Award for Brick Architecture was first held in 2008 and is awarded every three years, With more than 600 national and international entries it is now one of the largest German architectural awards. The current competition runs from January 9th 2023, through April 30th 2023. You can find out more about past competitions here:
Where and when does the awards ceremony take place?
The ceremony for the 2023 Erich Mendelsohn Award for Brick Architecture – which will include the official announcement of the winners – will take place in Berlin in fall 2023. The exact location and date of the event will be announced over the next months.
2. Terms of participation
Who is eligible to participate?
Those eligible to take part include architects, architectural teams and architectural/engineering teams provided they are the intellectual creators of the works entered. Developers and investors who have created works in cooperation with architects should submit these together with the architects responsible or provide a corresponding declaration of copyright from the architect concerned.
Who can participate in the Newcomer Award?
A Newcomer Award will be offered again as part of the Erich Mendelsohn Award. It is aimed at architectural students, graduates and architects who received their degree no more than four years ago. A certificate of study or degree certificate will serve as proof. Please include the copy with the registration form that you receive by e-mail after submitting your project. Please send us the certificate – together with the completed declaration of copyright – by post or e-mail. Without the certificate your projects will not be admitted for the Newcomer Award.
For which categories can you enter your project?
There are four categories for which you can submit your project:
• Detached house/semi-detached house
• Residential building/apartment complex
• Office and commercial buildings
• Public buildings, recreation and sport
Additional awards will be presented for:
• Renovation/Sustainability/Energy efficiency
In addition, the prize for budding architects will be awarded for the forth time:
• Newcomer Award
Can a project also be submitted in two categories?
Yes, of course. And we are happy to support you in this. If you would like to submit one project in two categories, we can simplify the handling of the entire submission process for you. You only have to submit your project once. We can duplicate it afterwards.
And this is how it works: Submit the complete documents for one category once. Then briefly tell us by e-mail email@example.com in which other category you would like to submit the same project. We will then duplicate the already submitted project for you. Your advantage: You do not have to pass in the complete documents for the second category again.
Of course, you can also submit your project in both selected categories self-contained. In this case, we do not need an extra e-mail. No matter which way you prefer, please keep in mind: For each single submission, the submission fee is charged. Thus, in case of submitting one project in two categories, the submission fee will be charged twice.
What are the requirements with regard to the materiality or characteristics of the facade?
Structures with a concept or construction whose essential feature is the use of brick are eligible for submission. Brick is understood as a generic term for facade bricks fired from clay, i.e. bricks, facing bricks, facing bricks, clinker bricks or clinker brick slips. In the past, however, the awarding authority and jury have always been open to creative interpretations and applications that go beyond this. This should continue to be the case.
What projects are not eligible to participate in the competition?
Projects with at least one of the following characteristics are not eligible for the competition:
- The project was already completed prior to January 1, 2018.
- The project is not completed at the time of registration or it is a project idea that has not yet been realized (exception: entry for the Newcomer Award).
- The project was already nominated for the Fritz Höger Award 2020 for Brick Architecture.
- Buildings which do not have a facade construction with the essential appearance of visible or facing brickwork.
- Entries not submitted by the intellectual creator, or without their consent.
Can projects with facade cladding made of quarter brick be submitted?
Yes, buildings can of course be entered for the competition with facades made of quarter brick.
Can projects that were already entered for the Fritz Höger Award 2020 be submitted again?
Yes, resubmission is possible. However, the prerequisite is that the property was completed after January 1, 2018, and was not nominated for the Fritz Höger Award 2020 for Brick Architecture.
Does a project have to be completed at the time of its submission?
Yes, only realized projects that have been completed at the time of submission can be entered. Exception: the Newcomer Award. For the Newcomer Award it is also possible to enter project ideas or unrealized drafts.
Is the competition restricted to participants/projects from Germany?
No. The Erich Mendelsohn Award for Brick Architecture is an international competition. International entries are of course welcome. The country of the office of the submitting architect and the location of the property are irrelevant. What matters is the quality of the entry and not where it comes from.
Can I also submit an entry for the Erich Mendelsohn Award in English?
Yes, projects can be entered in English or German.
Is participation in the competition limited to one entry per participant?
No, participants may enter as many properties as they like provided they adhere to the Terms of participation.
What are the costs for participating in the competition?
A participation fee will be charged for the Erich Mendelsohn Award 2023 for Brick Architecture that will be due when a project is entered. It will be used exclusively to cover the increased administrative costs and to maintain the usual high quality of external communications. The Newcomer Award is exempted from the participation fee. The participation fee applies to each project and is to be paid immediately when online submission is made at erich-mendelsohn-preis.com/entry. The Early Bird fee is EUR 159 (plus VAT). Starting from March 1st 2023 the regular participation fee (EUR 197 plus VAT) applies.
Is it necessary to mention the manufacturer of the bricks used for the submitted project?
No. The Erich Mendelsohn Award for Brick Architecture is an independent and non-commercial prize. Information about the bricks used and their manufacturer are optional parts of the property description and do not have to be mentioned.
Do I have to make a mandatory declaration of authorship?
Yes, the winning projects and their creators will be presented to a broad public. This will include press releases, publications on the web, in the magazine, in a traveling exhibition, and much more. To ensure that there are no conflicts regarding authorship, the signed declaration of authorship, which was developed together with the BVAF e. V. (Federal Association of Architectural Photography) and the BDA, is a mandatory requirement for a project to be presented to the jury. The form for this is provided in the submission process. We recommend clarifying the rights of third parties (e.g. photographers) on the basis of this declaration.
3. ONLINE SUBMISSION
Which data do I need to provide when making an online submission?
All mandatory fields marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed. This includes the following details:
- Project name, project category, project location
- Area information: plot size, built-up area, gross area, usable area
- Type of use, number of buildings, number of floors, construction time
- Project description
- Contact person
- Images and plans
All other details are optional.
Tip: The more insightful the description of your entry is, the easier it will be for the jury to gain a picture of your project.
Is an additional submission by post possible?
No. Submission is only possible online in the submission portal at erich-mendelsohn-preis.com.
What do I need to bear in mind when uploading pictures and plans?
Plans should be b/w line drawings and submitted as PDF or EPS files. Please do not submit any JPG files. You may also attach DWG/DXF files.
Note: The scale should be indicated on all plans. The scale of the plans being submitted may of course vary depending on the size of the project. Please do not place any logo on uploaded plans and do not indicate the name of the office.
Images should be submitted as single DIN A4 images, as printable data (300 dpi) in JPG or TIFF format.
Note: Please always enter a descriptive caption and a copyright. Please do not place any logo on uploaded images and do not indicate the name of the office.
Uploading image files takes a very long time or is interrupted. What can I do?
Files should ideally be in JPG/JPEG format and not exceed 16 MB per image. If you have problems uploading, please check your image data, reduce the file size if necessary, and remove any irrelevant details. If the upload still does not work, please contact us by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be happy to assist you.
Uploading PDF files takes a very long time or is interrupted. What can I do?
Use single-page PDF documents in RGB color mode in order to upload PDF documents without any problem. The same general rule also applies here: the smaller the file size, the faster the upload. If the upload does not work even after reducing the file size, you can contact us by e-mail (email@example.com). We will be happy to assist you.
Tip: when uploading, use PDF documents that are only one page long and do not combine multiple pages into one document. Reduce your drawing to the bare minimum (e.g. remove unnecessary hatching and details). After completing online submission, you will receive an overview of your submission. This document is generated automatically and can only fully display PDF documents which do not exceed one page.
How do I conclude the online submission once I have provided all the information?
After you have logged in and accessed your online submission, you will find an overview of the projects you have prepared under “My Projects”. Complete the following steps:
- Click on the project that you wish to activate for submission.
- Check your project information and correct any mistakes.
- Read and accept the terms of participation.
- Click on the “Submit project now” button.
How do I tell whether my submission has been completed?
If you log in and access the online submission portal, you will find an overview of the projects you have already created for participation in the competition under “My Projects”. Once the online submission has been completed, you only have to return the signed declaration of copyright, which the initiative Bauen mit Backstein (Building with Brick) has set up in cooperation with the BVAF e.V. (Federal Association of Architectural Photography) and the BDA. You will receive the copyright notice immediately after completing the submission. Please send us the declaration of copyright by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post (Initiative Bauen mit Backstein, Am Mittelhafen 10, 48155 Münster). Your project will be highlighted in orange under “My Projects” as long as it is being reviewed. If the status of your project is green, the submission was successfully completed.
Can I make changes to submissions that have already been concluded?
No. Once you have clicked the submission button in “Projects”, you can no longer make any changes or corrections to your entry. Please contact us by e-mail (email@example.com) if you still wish to make subsequent changes. It is possible for us to switch your project back to editable. We will be happy to assist you.
I have not received a confirmation e-mail for my submission. What should I do?
Participants will receive a confirmation e-mail directly after they have activated their project for submission. It contains a registration form with an overview of project information and photos as well as a declaration of copyright. If you do not find this email in your inbox after a few minutes, it can be for one of the following reasons:
- The confirmation e-mail has landed in your spam folder. Please check there first.
- The e-mail address of the contact person specified during project submission and the e-mail address you used are not the same (in this case, the confirmation e-mail was sent to the contact person specified).
- The file size of the registration form exceeds the capacity of your mailbox and cannot be delivered. (Reason: the registration form is generated automatically on the basis of the photographs you uploaded. The larger the number and file size of the processed photos, the larger the amount of data in the form.) If necessary, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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